Nintendo Announces Free Month of Wii Fit U, Wii Sports' Return
Nintendo wants *you* to get in shape.
Wii U owners with a Wii Fit balance board can play Wii Fit U for a free month starting Nov. 1. After the trial, players can keep the game by purchasing a Fit Meter, an activity meter that measures the number of steps you take in addition to the intensity of action and elevation. The fit meter is $20 and will also be available Nov. 1. It displays the amount of calories burned, your target goal for how many calories you wish to burn, the difference in elevation from your home, and various graphs. This information can be examined more closely on the Wii Fit U.
The one-month free trial ends Jan. 31. A packaged version will be available Dec. 13 -- cleverly timed for everyone's New Year resolutions. Wii Fit U and the fit meter will cost $50, while the game, fit meter, and balance board will cost $90. The digital version will be released on Feb. 1.
Also announced in today's direct was Wii Sports Club, the new version of the five sports games in Wii Sports, which came out in 2006 alongside the Wii. Wii Sports Club uses HD graphics, Wii MotionPlus, and an online multiplayer mode, but overall it looks very similar to the original. Each individual sport costs $10. Downloading Wii Sports Club includes a 24-hour trial period to the games and a "Day Pass" for $3. Tennis and bowling will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 7. Boxing, baseball, and golf will be available in the future.
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president, said this is the perfect time for families to upgrade to the Wii U for getting and staying active.
Man, I'm sure the 1% of people who kept using Wii Fit after the first week will be thrilled about buying the new version. Everybody else will just download it, claim they're going to seriously keep an exercise schedule this time and then give up before the free trial expires.
Online Multiplayer for Wii Sports? Did they happen to mention if Swordplay would make a return.. *Dreams*....
Edit: Oohh! OooH!!! And Archery!!!
This is actually really cool, and a very smart idea from Nintendo. A lot of people preferred some Wii Sports games over others, and this allows you to pick up the games you like for cheaper, rather than spending money on the whole package. Even that Day Pass thing is pretty neat, if you only like to bang out Wii Sports as a party game when other people are around. Then it essentially just costs you $3.
This is online stuff done right IMO.